Manuel Pellegrini will remain in place as Manchester City manager, the Guardian has reported, despite the club failing to defend their Premier League title, and rumours linking Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola with the position.
It has been speculated that Guardiola could be tempted to the Premier League by City in part due to the presence of a number of his former Barcelona colleagues in senior management positions at the Etihad Stadium – Txiki Begiristain is the director of football and Ferran Soriano is the chief executive.
But Guardiola is expected to stay in Germany for at least the final year of his contract while Pellegrini will survive the end-of-season review. The signings made by Begiristain and Soriano will also be looked at after more than £150m was spent in two-and-a-half years and, the report adds, not spent wisely.
Despite mooted concerns over some of the additions it is thought that Soriano and Begiristain, as well as Pellegrini, will come out of the review with their positions intact. Pellegrini has enough good will from last season’s League Cup and Premier League wins to withstand a barren year while the two executives have enough transfer hits to outweigh the misses.
City, having last year beaten Liverpool to the title, find themselves battling Arsenal for second place, with Chelsea the runaway league winners. Jose Mourinho’s Blues are, with two games to play, 11 points clear. Arsenal, meanwhile, have a game in hand on City and are third, three points behind.
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